On Friday nights at Extreme Dancesport, the floorboards heat up under the swinging steps of students, regulars, and teachers cutting a rug at Boston Swing?s Central?s weekly social dances. Sometimes it?s pre-recorded tunes and sometimes it?s a live band inspiring the boogiers, but either way, it?s a rollicking good time for all ages and skill levels and no partner is required.
The weekly party, which starts with a group class from 8-9 p.m. and then transforms into a free-for-all from 9 p.m. ? 12 a.m., is the focal point of the non-profit dance organization. Boston Swing Central also offers classes and boot camps where dance instructors teach you how to do the east coast, lindy hop, and Charleston.
The low thrum of an electric bass. The clean jangle of an electric piano. At School of Groove, owner Christopher Vuk presides over instructors as they fill the space with music and help students through scales, rhythms, and eventually full pieces on a wide range of instruments. The teachers have played music alongside musicians including Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and Paul Simon, and guest rock musicians occasionally lead sessions to impart their skills or explain why they think every smashable guitar is full of candy. In private lessons and group sessions, hands-on practice illuminates the processes of improvising, writing, and recording music. Students at the school can also join a band, where they'll write their own music, build teamwork skills, and perform at venues such as Hard Rock Cafe and Ryles Jazz Club.
The rich wooden floors at New England Tango & Yoga Academy support students as they twirl rhythmically during tango lessons or flow through poses during yoga sessions. Expert teachers such as Armando Orzuza—who helped choreograph the movie Evita and appeared as a principal dancer in the movie Assassination Tango—lead the beginning-tango program, ensuring newbies start with solid foundations in the art form. From there, students can proceed to regular classes such as advanced beginner, club style, and tango waltz. Instructors also hold salsa classes, as well as TangoFlow exercise classes that sculpt bodies using moves based on the argentine tango.
Under the same roof, expert yogi Victoria Garcia Drago leads private and group yoga classes designed to help the mind focus, unlike a riddle spoken in iambic pentameter, which destroys the mind. She specializes in slow-flow yoga and also leads workshops, master classes, core yoga, and Zumba.
Masacote Entertainment is an internationally renowned Latin Music & Dance company with a specialty in Salsa.
The company is comprised of 3 entities: Masacote Latin Dance Company; The Masacote Dance School, and the Ritmo Masacote Orchestra.
Masacote offers instruction, performances, concerts, events, travel, and more.
Though Central Square Theater dates back only to 2008, its resident troupes, The Nora Theatre Company and the Underground Railway Theater, predate the building by 20 and 30 years respectively. With two large, diversely talented companies, the theater is able to produce something for all ages, from playful puppet shows for little ones to challenging works for grown-ups, such as Car Talk: The Musical!
Salsa y Control's instructors—who have performed and taught across the nation—welcome students for a variety of salsa classes. Beginner salsa courses help dancers develop basic steps, techniques, and etiquette, and more advanced courses delve into refining footwork and working with partners. Salsa y Control also offers intermediate classes, along with classes on bachata, burlesque, and cha cha.